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NEWSLETTER: June 2014
In this issue:
Window on the River Park
Window on the River Park, our annual fundraiser, was held yesterday and was generously hosted by Adobe Systems, Inc. Proceeds fund ongoing education and stewardship efforts in the park.
Peter & Kathleen Muller
S.C. Valley Water District
San Jose Sharks
Bracey & Richard Tiede
ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance
Terry & Carol Austen
Berger/Lewis Accountancy Corp.
Robert A. Bothman, Inc.
Focus Business Bank
Garden City Sanitation Company
Gardenland Power Equip
Heritage Bank of Commerce
H.T. Harvey & Associates
Johanson & Yau Accountancy Corporation
Lewis & Tibbitts
Petrinovich, Pugh & Co
Francois & Beth Rodigari
San Jose Earthquakes
The Schoennauer Company
Seven Flags Automotive Care Network
Silicon Valley Law Group
South Bay Construction Co.
Jodi & Drew Starbird
The Steene Family
AJ Auto Detailing
Alongi Brothers Towing
Alves Alongi Properties
Alves Properties III
Anthony & Norma Alves
The Finn Family
Mac Millan Partners, Inc.
Mission Valley Ford
Motor Body Co., Inc.
Rose Garden Auto Care
Taylor Coleman Properties
Tres Amigos Tires & Auto Service
Verde Design Inc.
Rotary Children's Playgarden Update
Great news - the construction permits have been granted; the temporary fence is going up, and you will soon see a lot of activity on site. You can follow the progress on our Facebook page.
Thanks to over 150 SanDisk employees, the Heritage Rose Garden got some much needed attention this week. These enthusiastic folks deadheaded, weeded, and applied compost and mulch to the rose beds. Their service day also included a generous financial donation that allowed us to invest in new tools - thank you SanDisk!
Join us for our next evening deadheading event on Tuesday, June 10 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Sign up here!
A hearty thanks to all the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place this past April:
Alpha Phi Omega, Gamma Beta, SJSU, APO
Apple Computer, Inc.
Berryessa Mission - LDS missionaries
Boy Scout troop 452
California San Jose Mission - missionaries
Cub Scouts Pack 204
Hands on Bay Area HOBA
Morgan Autism Center
Pacific Gas & Electric
Piedmont Hills High School Key Club
Pinewood High School
San Jose State - BAP
Silver Creek High School Interact Club
And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties
Meet Volunteer Sam Trahin
Sam Trahin has been volunteering with us for a month now. He grew up in Wayne Indiana and recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Marketing. Sam moved to California 2 months ago to pursue a career in professional swimming. Sam hopes to make the US Olympic team in the upcoming Summer Games. It wasn't Sam's marketing or swimming skills that brought him to volunteer with GRPC but Sam's love of being outdoors. He and his teammate spend much of their time in the park reading and enjoying the trails, and felt volunteering in the park was the best way to give back. Thanks for all your help Sam!
So many ways to give:
Adopt A Rose, General Donations, The Donor Walkway, Memberships,
Endowment, Critter Donations
Saturday, June 7th
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
This workshop will discuss and demonstrate the process of sheet mulching. Sheet mulching is an effective and chemical-free process of removing lawn, promoting healthy soil, and moisture, and keeping weeds away so that your garden can thrive! Learn the process of sheet mulching in this hands-on workshop, and take its benefits to your own outdoor space!
We will work at the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens, Courtyard Garden. There will be a brief lecture, followed by hands-on practice.
Wear garden boots, a hat and gloves. Bring water. Tools and materials will be available. Space is limited - Register today!
Meet at the corner on Walnut and Taylor Street. Parking is available on Seymour and Walnut Streets, including street parking.
Click here to sign up.
Twilight Yoga in the Park
6 Week Summer Series
Thursdays, June 12th - July 17th 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm
18 years or older $30/members, $45/non-members $10/drop-in
As summer's warmer weather and longer evenings approach, we look forward to Twilight Yoga in the Park. Join fitness instructor Kristin Strellis for a gentle yoga class designed to improve your flexibility, balance, and relaxation. Dress in comfortable clothing, and bring any stress or worries that have accumulated throughout the week to release outdoors in the beautiful Guadalupe Park. All equipment is provided. This Yoga class is held outside and inspiration from nature will surround us. Reserve your space in this gentle healthy living class.
Please note that due to the Playgarden construction, the class will meet on the grassy area near the Seymour St. parking lot.
Click here to sign up.
Gardening with Succulents
Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Looking for a fun way to use an old tea pot, bowl, basket, or even a shoe? UCCE Master Gardener and succulent expert Laura Balaoro will demonstrate how to turn a found container from your home into a beautiful succulent arrangement. You will learn the dos and don'ts of planting succulents and come away with your own creation, a value of $35. Laura will bring plant cuttings but participants are encouraged to bring their own to share and exchange.
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
Click here to sign up.
Summer Solstice TaiChi & Qigong
Saturday, June 21st
Join us and Zen Hwang, DMQ and experience how Qigong & TaiChi use breath, posture, and movement to cleanse, accumulate and circulate Qi in the body. Through the cultivation of the body, mind and breath, our response to the external environment is strengthened and overall quality of life is improved. This workshop promotes health and balance while getting a full mind-body workout and covers energetic anatomy, tonification-discharging methods, and energy building body movements. All levels are welcomed - just dress in comfortable clothing. Reserve your space for the highest yang day of 2014 for maximal benefit to your health.
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Click here to sign up.
Please consider a bequest to GRPC as part of your estate plan. There's no minimum amount required. In fact, you can specify any dollar amount, leave a percentage of your estate, or designate what remains after your estate has been settled. Here's some sample language:
I give to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, a California non-profit corporation (Tax ID 77-0166797), $_______ or _____% of my estate or ____% of the residue of my estate.
I intend this gift to be used for an endowment that will support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in perpetuity OR I intend this gift to be used at the Board of Directors' discretion.